Shortly after spring has sprung and the sakura have all fallen from the trees, people in Japan start to feel hungry for summer! The heat can be brutal, particularly in big cities, and the humidity level is quite high! So whether you’re visiting or living in Japan, why not join the locals and discover just where they cool off? Listed below are some of the most fun and exciting pools, water parks and waterslides in the country. Be sure to check them out for your summer vacation!
According to locals, when you think of a pool in Tokyo, you think of Toshimaen. They are well-known for their waterslides including the famously enormous Hydropolis. But for those who are less adventurous, there are 6 types of pools, including a “Niagara pool” and a wave pool for when you wish there was a beach nearby in Tokyo!
This park has plenty to boast about such as being equal to the size of 35 Tokyo Domes, having 9 pools (including waterslides) as well as visitors being able to go between the water park and the regular park freely! The 9 pools include a wave pool, giant waterfall, and a kids pool.
Looking for enormous slides at death-defying heights? Dekasla, a portmanteau of sorts, connecting the Japanese word “dekai” (huge) with the katakana English word “suraido” (slide). While this slide is a key feature not to be missed, Tokyo Summerland has plenty of other water adventures, so be sure to check them out!
If you plan to hit the pool in a big group, or if you are traveling with your kids, then look no further! Yomiuri Land Pool WAI offers a place just for kids – the Anpanman pool! And after the kids are done playing, the adults can enjoy themselves at various places such as the wave pool or even the epic waterslide!
A water park offering quite an array of pools and adventurous activities like tubing down a big slide or even floating around a pool in a bubble! This is definitely a great place for fun in the sun.
Here is an exciting array of aquatic adventures for those who prefer to play and get right in the water! Seibuen offers a massive wave pool, whirlpool, and crazy waterslides! This park offers plenty of other attractions for the summer like a ferris wheel and roller coaster too!
Saitama Suijo Park offers some pretty vast pools (including one with a big waterslide) as well as some fun water activities including something they call “pool fishing.” Sounds pretty interesting, doesn’t it?
Kodomo no Kuni literally means “children’s country.” This park is not only a place to play in the summer but a great big wonderland for kids. The pool area, however, is still a nice treat for the whole family and not just the little ones. Because of this, the facilities are a little more relaxed and less waterslide-oriented, leaving plenty of pools of varying sizes and more relaxed slides for your family to enjoy together.
This is quite an interesting place that includes a pool area, zoo and amusement park. There is quite a choice of water slides as well as a kids pool, whirlpool and “water jungle” for plenty of fun!
A fun, fully equipped water park within an amusement park in Kansai! This place offers slides, whirlpools, and a pool just for kids!
Here is a super fun, super convenient pool for those in Osaka. It’s very popular and can get crowded, but the location close to the nearest station and the fun attractions both indoors and outdoors like whirlpools, wave pools, and slides for kids and adults make up for it!
This gorgeous pool, located in Okinawa, is right on the beach, giving you a fantastic view of Okinawa’s incredible blue water and white sand. If you want a refreshing view of the ocean but prefer a luxurious pool to the salty waves, this pool is a great option!
With a name like Spa Resort Exes this place could sound both lovely and daunting at the same time! But no need to worry. This pool is gorgeous, spacious and clean with plenty of comfy chairs to relax in and catch some rays. And, if you’re lucky enough to be on the top floor, you can use the private pool with a beautiful ocean view!
The pools at this resort and spa look perfect for some summer relaxation and fun! They even have a slide! While this resort is not right on the Okinawa beach, it offers a beautiful view of the ocean from above that would satisfy any pool-goer.
This resort has both indoor and outdoor pool facilities. The outdoor pool is between the hotel and the ocean, offering a stunning view of the sea, especially at sunset! If you prefer to relax indoors, you can do so by taking a soak in the Spanish-colonial style “Relaxation Pool”.
This incredibly spacious, private pool is surrounded by the ocean. Not only that, it offers sights of the beautiful plants that grow in Okinawa as well as a separate beach-side pool! The blue color of the pool and the ocean mixed with the greenery is the perfect picture of summer.
While you might not think of Hokkaido being a great place to go in the summer, it’s actually quite a refreshing place to escape the humidity of the southern islands. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not have a go on the Kurayami Slider at Chateraise Gateau Kingdom in Sapporo? This thrilling “night slider” thrusts you forward in its dark tunnel. It is definitely not for the faint of heart!
In 2015, the gorgeous Dutch village in Nagasaki, Huis ten Bosch, opened up a major water slide attraction. The name is incredibly accurate, as, in addition to the pools set up for the summer time, they added this incredibly long water slide. Make sure to gather enough momentum to get all the way to the end!
If you are unable to enjoy the island paradise of Hawaii, have no fear! This resort in Fukushima has plenty to enjoy. A big selling point for water park fans is the big slide which sends you in a dark tunnel out to make a big splash in the pool! There are also quite a few relaxing and adventurous attractions inside their all-weather dome too!
This pool in the often overlooked Fukui prefecture looks like a perfect summer paradise! With plenty of space and its famous “triple zaurusu” slide, you will definitely enjoy yourself. The slide gets its name from its 3 massive tubes that you can whirl around in and finally get down to the pool.
No matter what area of Japan you’re in, you’ll be sure to find a clean, spacious pool or water park to enjoy your summer in. Which place looks the most fun or relaxing to you?